Application of the dynamic bounds method in the safety assessment of flood defences, a case study: 17th Street flood wall, New Orleans

Mohammadreza Rajabali Nejad, P.H.A.J.M. van Gelder, Zeki Demirbilek, Tew-Fik Mahdi, J.K. Vrijling

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    In this paper we provide a computational framework for evaluation of reliability and safety assessment of infrastructures. It is based on the combined application of the dynamic bounds (DB) method and a probabilistic finite element model (FEM). The DB improves the computational efficiency of the FEM when calculating time-dependent failure analyses of coastal and offshore structures, and can speed up the simulation process by several orders of magnitude. Our approach is demonstrated here for an example problem, and shown to be the most efficient method in applications with a limited number of influential variables, which is true for geotechnical and coastal flood defence systems. It is applied to the 17th Street flood wall, a failing component of the flood defence system in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. The variation in soil parameters is a critical input in the reliability estimation of this structure, and the calculated probability of failure depends on these assumed values
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)157-173
    JournalGeorisk: Assessment and management of risk for engineered systems and geohazards
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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